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Re: Woody on Proliant ML350 G3 (smartarray 641)

On Thu, 2004-02-12 at 10:00, Markus Oswald wrote:
> Am Mi, den 11.02.2004 schrieb Emmanuel Halbwachs um 20:12:
> > Hello everybody,
> > 
> > I've just suscribed to the list after discovering it recently. I'm
> > not strictly an ISP, but I provide various services for 150-200 users.
> > 
> > I would like to run woody on HP Compaq Proliant ML350 G3 (no choice of
> > the model because of public market reasons). Before buying some
> > machines, I would like to check if woody can be installed
> > on. Actually, colleagues of mine own some (running FreeBSD) and
> > proposed me to try to install woody on one box. The hardware is :
> > 
> >    raid controller : smartarray 641
> >    ethernet NIC : BCM5702 (subsystem : NC7760)
> > 
> > This will be my first woody install on raid hardware, so I'm
> > inexperienced.
> > 
> > Colleagues told me that woody install fails due to "old" kernel
> > 2.4.18-bf24 which doesn't include recent modules for the raid (cciss)
> > and the NIC (tg3 seems better than bcm5700). I've searched the list
> > archive but I didn't really find an answer.
As of kernel 2.4.23/4 i have been getting some problems with the bcm5700
driver (card's not detected and other things) so i would recommend using
the tg3 drivers.

> I don't know for sure about the RAID controller [1] but to get the NIC
> in a ProLiant DL380G3 (a BMC57xx too) working I compiled the driver from
> Broadcom against a 2.4.18-bf24 source. This way I get modules which can
> be used with the woody bf24 kernel so I can setup the system and
> download a newer kernel to the system. Beginning with 2.4.19 you can use
> the tg3.o module supplied by the kernel...
> You can grab the compiled modules from my repository
> (http://people.iirc.at/moswald/linux/bf24_modules/bcm5700/) or the
> source directly from Broadcom (http://www.broadcom.com/drivers/)
> [1] It may work with the cciss module just as the SmartArray 5i does -
Please note that with the standard Debian 3.0 cd the SmartArray only
works in single channel mode. If you use a dual channel config you will
get a error like 'can't get controller into duplex mode'. I don't know
if this if also true for the 641, but since it uses the same driver i
think it is.

Another thing with the DL380G3 (and maybe also the ML350) is that the
(raid) performance is very disappointing. This might have something todo
with hyperthreading / SMP. But i am not sure. I have tested with a
single CPU and in some cases the performance was (much) better.

> but I read somewhere about a bug in the driver which wasn't fixed until
> 2.4.21.
> best regards,
>   Markus
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